Pac-12: Allen Smith

Report: Stanford QB Luck doubtful for Sun Bowl

December, 7, 2009
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Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck had surgery on a finger in his right, throwing hand and won't start the Sun Bowl against Oklahoma, the Stanford Daily -- the student newspaper -- reported and ESPN.com confirmed.

Coach Jim Harbaugh wouldn't rule him out of the Dec. 31 game in El Paso, Tex.

"He's going to be out of practice at least two to three weeks," Harbaugh told the Pac-10 blog Monday. "He's not ruled out of the game, but based on what we know right now, he won't start. We'll have to see how his finger heals and see what his availability is for the game. It will be a game-week decision."

Luck's backup is senior Tavita Pritchard, who has started 19 games in his career but was eclipsed by Luck during spring practices.

Obviously, a huge blow to Stanford's chances.

The Sooners now likely will gang up on the line of scrimmage to stop Toby Gerhart and dare Pritchard to beat them with the passing game. A defense couldn't do that with the talented Luck running the Cardinal offense.

Of course, it was Pritchard who engineered the stunning victory at USC in 2007.

"This team doesn't make excuses," Harbaugh said. "There's injuries in football."

The Cardinal already lost linebacker Clinton Snyder, defensive end Erik Lorig, offensive tackles Matt Kopa and Allen Smith and defensive tackle Brian Bulcke to injuries this season.

Of course, Oklahoma knows all about losing star players to injuries. It's played without All-American tight end Jermaine Gresham the entire season and quarterback Sam Bradford, the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner, most of the year.

Harbaugh will be an interested viewer of USC-Oregon

October, 28, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Lots of folks will be interested in the Oregon-USC game, but it's doubtful any will be more interested than Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh.

The Cardinal have a bye this weekend, but their next two opponents are -- you guessed it -- Oregon at home on Nov. 7 and trip to USC on the Nov. 14.

Yes, Harbaugh said he'll be doing two things while watching Saturday night.

"Dissecting it and enjoying it," Harbaugh said. "It's going to be a matchup of two top-10 teams. Two teams that are playing very good football right now. But also watching it and dissecting it."

Stanford's matchup with the Ducks could be particularly intriguing. The Cardinal are tough at home and the Ducks, win or lose, will be coming down from a huge game.

Last year, Stanford gave Oregon all it could handle in Autzen Stadium before yielding 35-28 on LeGarrette Blount’s 3-yard touchdown run with six seconds left.

Blount, by the way, might be returning from his suspension just in time to face the Cardinal.

Stanford, 5-3 overall and 4-2 in the Pac-10, needs one win to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2001. The only problem is the schedule. Besides the Ducks and Trojans, the Cardinal play host to rival California and Notre Dame.

Stanford has its own comings and goings on the depth chart. Defensive tackle Matt Masifilo, who has been out since hurting his knee at Wake Forest in Week 2, saw action in the win over Arizona State. Harbaugh also expressed hope that defensive end Erik Lorig, who's been out with a groin injury for three weeks, might be able to play against the Ducks.

The bad news is offensive tackle Allen Smith, who earned a sixth year this season due to injury hardship, will be out for four to six weeks after spraining his MCL. The good news is it's his right knee, not the left knee that essentially killed two seasons for him. He could return for the Notre Dame game on Nov. 28. And, perhaps, a bowl game.

Did we call this a bye week for Stanford? Actually, Stanford has nothing of the sort, Harbaugh said. He called it "an improvement week."

The Cardinal already have done a lot of that. Do they have enough to find at least one more win?

Pac-10 lunch links: Cal still figuring out where it stands

October, 28, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Did he live his life again in every detail of desire, temptation, and surrender during that supreme moment of complete knowledge? He cried in a whisper at some image, at some vision, he cried out twice, a cry that was no more than a breath. "The horror! The horror!"
  • Top five reasons Arizona is ranked. Quarterback Nick Foles is still sick. Sick-sick, not, "Dude! Foles is sick, man!"
  • With Arizona State's leading rusher Dimitri Nance nursing a bum shoulder, Ryan Bass might get his shot at running back. Danny Sullivan will start at quarterback against California.
  • Will California's run game continue to roll at Arizona State? Cal still doesn't know where it stands in the Pac-10 pecking order.
  • Didn't Oregon and USC do this in 2007? It's deja vu for the Ducks and Trojans.
  • Oregon State is happy with the Pac-10 taking swift action against a bad call. Jacquizz Rodgers is the best player in the Pac-10.
  • Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh likes his quarterback, Andrew Luck. Some bad news for hard-luck lineman Allen Smith.
  • UCLA will use two QBs against Oregon State.
  • USC freshman QB Matt Barkley claims he doesn't spook easily, even on Halloween night amid a "blackout" at Autzen Stadium. USC thrives in big games.
  • Washington linebacker E.J. Savannah can't catch a break -- or, at least, one that doesn't happen inside his hand.
  • Washington State is rarely on TV, and that costs the Cougars. That's a big reason playing Notre Dame in San Antonio is necessary.
  • Interesting note from Chris Dufresne: "The Pac-10 and Southeastern conferences are battling for the title of nation's top conference. The SEC is No. 1 in four of the six Bowl Championship Series computers: Billingsley, Colley, Massey and Wolfe, and No. 2 in Sagarin and Anderson/Hester. The Pac-10 is No. 1 in Sagarin and Anderson/Hester and No. 2 in the other four."

Pac-10 lunch links: WSU's Montgomery visits practice

September, 25, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Most times you can't hear 'em talk, other times you can.
All same old cliches -- is that woman or a man?
You always seem outnumbered, you don't dare make a stand.

Stanford's O-line takes big hit

September, 9, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller


Stanford right tackle Matt Kopa fractured his foot against Washington State and will be out six to eight weeks.

The Cardinal already were replacing two starters from 2008's line and used a pair of redshirt freshmen against the Cougars.

Senior Chris Marinelli will move from left guard to right tackle when Stanford visits Wake Forest on Saturday. Junior Andy Phillips, an 11-game starter in 2008, will start at left guard. There's also the possibility talented but oft-injured senior Allen Smith could get back into the picture.

Pac-10 lunch links: California has a new kicker

September, 3, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller


Being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there. It's not about winning. It's about you and your relationship with yourself, your family and your friends. Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didn't let them down because you told them the truth. And that truth is you did everything you could. There wasn't one more thing you could've done. Can you live in that moment as best you can, with clear eyes, and love in your heart, with joy in your heart? If you can do that gentleman -- you're perfect!

Pac-10 injury update

August, 31, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller


Based on news reports and this this useful Web site: The latest on injuries heading into week one.

Arizona
TE Rob Gronkowski, back, questionable
OG Vaughn Dotsy, finger, probable
WR Delashaun Dean, hamstring, probable

Arizona State
OT Tom Njunge, biceps, questionable
C Garth Gerhart, toe, questionable
C Thomas Altieri, concussion, probable
OG Zach Schlink, knee, out
DT Lawrence Guy, biceps, probable
DE James Brooks, suspension, out

California
RB Jahvid Best, toe, probable
TE Tad Smith, knee, out
OT Mitchell Schwartz, leg, probable
S Marcus Ezeff, ankle, questionable
WR Michael Calvin, knee, probable
LB Robert Mullins, knee, out
TE Skylar Curran, ankle, probable

Oregon
WR Rory Cavaille, shoulder, out,
OT Bo Thran, knee, questionable

Oregon State
WR Darrell Catchings, wrist, out
WR Markus Wheaton, NCAA Clearinghouse, questionable
WR Geno Munoz, abdominal, questionable
QB Lyle Moevao, shoulder, out
RB Ryan McCants, knee, out
CB Brandon Hardin, leg, out
OT Timi Oshinowo, knee, out
LB Tony Wilson, knee, out
S Josh LaGrone, knee, out
S Lance Mitchell, hamstring, probable

Stanford
OT Allen Smith, knee, out
S Taylor Skaufel, knee, out
OT Chris Marinelli, shoulder, probable
LB Alex Debniak, knee, out

UCLA
OG Micah Kia, knee, out
OL Nick Ekbatani, knee, out
DE Reginald Stokes, knee, out
DT Jess Ward, knee, doubtful
RB Christian Ramirez, ankle, questionable
DE Chinonso Anyanwu, hip, out
WR Gavin Ketchum, hamstring, questionable
OG Stanley Hasiak, stinger, probable
FB Chane Moline, hip, probable

USC
CB Shareece Wright, knee, academics, questionable
WR Ronald Johnson, collarbone, out
DE Armond Armstead, foot, out
C Kristofer O'Dowd, knee, doubtful
DT Averell Spicer, ankle, questionable
OG Nick Howell, ankle, questionable
LB Luthur Brown, academics, out
TE Blake Ayles, heart condition, probable
QB Aaron Corp, leg, questionable
QB Mitch Mustain, illness, probable
CB Patrick Hall, knee, out

Washington
CB Justin Glenn, knee, questionable
DT Cameron Elisara, shoulder, probable
RB Johri Fogerson, ankle, probable
RB Chris Polk, concussion, probable
WR James Johnson, ankle, probable
DE Darrion Jones, illness, probable
TE Kavario Middleton, hamstring, probable
DE Everrette Thompson, ankle, questionable
S Jason Wells, Achilles, doubtful

Washington State
WR Jeshua Anderson, hamstring, probable
RB James Montgomery, knee, probable
CB Brandon Jones, ankle, probable
WR Jeffrey Solomon, ankle, probable
LB Alex Hoffman-Ellis, foot, questionable

Around the Pac-10: Camp notes

August, 10, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Quick hits from around the conference...

Arizona
Running back Nic Grigsby returned to practice after sprained ankle scare. ... No one can block DE Brooks Reed. ... TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Delashaun Dean sat out Sunday's practice.

Arizona State
Talented by oft-injured reserve receiver Brandon Smith suffered a knee injury Saturday. ... The Sun Devils continue to await word from the NCAA Clearinghouse on whether super-recruit linebacker Vontaze Burfict has academically qualified. Burfict is practicing with the team. ... Reserve defensive tackle David Bertrand has left the program. ... Coach Dennis Erickson reiterated that he will call plays this fall.

California
Wide receiver Verran Tucker, who missed spring due to academics, suffered an undisclosed injury after Sunday's practice. ... Receiver Michael Calvin, who's coming back from an ACL injury, has played well during the first few practices. ... Devin Bishop will be challenged at weakside outside linebacker by JC transfers Ryan Davis, Jarred Price and Jerome Meadows, though Price and Meadows could play inside. ... Matt Summers-Gavin is playing first team left guard, the position on the offense line that is most up for grabs.

Oregon
Redshirt freshman running back LaMichael James, who was injured during the spring, has looked good thus far and is the frontrunner to win the backup job behind LeGarrette Blount.. .. Receivers Jeff Maehl, Tyrece Gaines and Diante Jackson sat out Sunday's practice with injuries. ... Two recruits, Cliff Harris and Justin Brown, haven't reported because they still await a verdict from the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Oregon State
The Beavers begin practices today at 2 p.m. ... Sean Canfield will begin preseason practices as the No. 1 quarterback. Last season's starter, Lyle Moevao, will be taken along slowly as he comes back from shoulder surgery. ... With Jacquizz Rodgers also coming back from shoulder surgery, and backup Ryan McCants out with a knee injury, one of the key preseason competitions is at backup tailback between freshmen Jovan Stevenson and Ashton Jefferson.

Stanford
Offensive lineman Chris Marinelli may miss most of camp because of a chronic left shoulder problem. ... Offensive tackle Allen Smith hasn't been cleared to practice.

UCLA
The Bruins reported on Sunday. ... Defensive end Chinonso Anyanwu will be sidelined for at least three months due to hip surgery. ... Wide receiver Osaar Rasshan has retired due to injury. ... Fullback Jayson Allmond will not report until NCAA Clearinghouse issues have been resolved.

USC
Shane Horton switched from safety to weakside linebacker. ... Senior linebacker Luthur Brown and freshman safety Patrick Hall aren't practicing because of academic issues. ... Sophomore tight end Blake Ayles, who missed the end of last season and spring practice because of a knee injury, has looked good in practices thus far. ... Cornerback Shareece Wright (neck) and running back Allen Bradford (hip) also have been cleared to practice.

Washington
Center Matt Sedillo left the team. ... Johri Fogerson has moved from safety to tailback. ... A pair of JC transfers, offensive Daniel Mafoe and defensive tackle Johnny Tivao, haven't qualified academically. ... Receiver Vince Taylor and running back Brandon Yakaboski will miss camp with a knee injuries. ... Oft-injured safety Jason Wells has been cleared to practice.

Washington State
Coach Paul Wulff is serving a three-day suspension due to NCAA penalties he incurred while coach at Eastern Washington. ... Sophomore Marshall Lobbestael returned to practice after off-season knee surgery. He is competing with Kevin Lopina for the starting job. ... Linebacker Louis Bland and backup center Alex Roxas have not been cleared to practice due to injuries. Senior Jason Stripling stepped into Bland's spot. ... Defensive tackle Bernard Wolfgramm is practicing but his back problems are still causing him issues. ... Guard Kevin Freitag will miss the season due to toe surgery. ... Defensive lineman Qwayshawne Buckley failed to qualify academically.

On stage ... Stanford

July, 30, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

LOS ANGELES -- quick notes...

  • Coach Jim Harbaugh and RB Toby Gerhart.
  • Harbaugh on Gerhart: "Toby is our shining star ... What people don't know about is his speed. You'll see him running away from linebackers and defensive backs ... personally, I think his future is as an NFL running back."
  • Harbaugh on two-way players: "I think people will sit back and see if it works for us."
  • Harbaugh on OT Allen Smith: "Right now Allen has been cleared to get back into the weight room full-go. He needs to strengthen his leg ... We're hopeful he will be able to play football this season." Said it could be, "Game 4, Game 5, Game 6."
  • Harbaugh on whether anyone can challenge USC: "There will be nine teams challenging USC."
  • Harbaugh on next step: "The step we've got to take now is we've got to be a relentless team."

While you were on vacation... Stanford

July, 28, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

The sixth of 10 quick updates on offseason Pac-10 goings on.

Stanford in a sentence

  • With 17 starters back from a team that went 5-7 in 2008, not to mention seven home games, Stanford appears poised to earn its first bowl berth since 2001.

The big issue

  • The Cardinal struggled to pass and defend the pass last year. Will an injection of youth improve the athleticism in the secondary? And with redshirt freshman quarterback Andrew Luck be the answer throwing the ball?

Quick hit news

  • It remains unclear whether offensive tackle Allen Smith, who was granted a sixth year of eligibility after missing two seasons due to injury, will be able to resume his once-promising career. Smith has struggled to recover from a broken left knee cap. When healthy, he's the Cardinal's best blocker.
  • Five players left the team and/or transferred: linebacker Fred Craig, safety Chase Richard, defensive tackle Padric Scott and quarterbacks Jason Forcier and Nick Ruhl.
  • The Cardinal lead the Pac-10 with 23 commitments for the 2010 recruiting class.
  • San Jose State backed out of a scheduled 2010 game in order to make a trip to Alabama. The Spartans also backed out of a game with Arizona State in order to play at Wisconsin.

After being MIA this spring, these guys need to step up

May, 21, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Guys get hurt, need surgery and time to rehab. Or they get suspended. Or they need some, er, extra time to work on their grades.

In other words, while their teammates are fighting -- and sweating -- to retain or win jobs, they stand on the sidelines watching. Or sitting on a stationary bike. Or dressed in a red jersey.

Still, most fans pencil them into the lineup, worry-free.

To which we say: We shall see.

ARIZONA
C Blake Kerley & OT Phillip Garcia
: Kerley had started 29 games before injuring his knee last year, and in his absence Colin Baxter entrenched himself at center. Garcia is an intriguing talent who was limited this spring after knee surgery. Both of these guys could fight into the starting lineup. Or they could provide capable depth. Or they could stand on the sidelines.

ARIZONA STATE
OT Matt Hustad: Hustad, a sophomore, is athletic and physical and if he were healthy he'd find a spot on the Sun Devils' beleaguered offensive line. But after two years of knee issues that's starting to become a significant "if."

CALIFORNIA
RB Jahvid Best
: We know, we know. Jahvid's fine! Foot and elbow surgery? No worries. That hip issue last year? Didn't look like it hurt him in 2008, did it? All is well. Heisman Trophy here we come ... wheee! But, honestly, Cal fans, aren't you eager to read about him practicing again?

OREGON
RB LaMichael James: James' potential is beguiling. He's the lightning -- taking Jeremiah Johnson's place -- to match with LeGarrette Blount's thunder in the backfield. But he missed spring with a shoulder injury and he'll need to prove himself in the fall.

OREGON STATE
QB Lyle Moevao
: Moevao "Wally Pipped" Sean Canfield last year, and it appears Canfield might return the favor this fall. Moevao missed the spring after shoulder surgery -- just like Canfield last year -- and he's fallen behind Canfield in the quarterback competition because of that -- just like Canfield last year. Of course, Moevao is a scrapper, so counting him out might be a mistake.

STANFORD
OT Allen Smith
: Smith and his pesky patella, which killed his 2008 season and which he re-injured this spring. He's an NFL talent, and he could answer a lot of questions on the Cardinal offensive line, but he's got to stay healthy and it doesn't appear that he can.

UCLA
TB Christian Ramirez
: The Bruins' coaches must love Ramirez because he still tops the depth chart after being academically ineligible last year and being limited most of spring with a bum hamstring. With two other tailbacks already opting to transfer, the pressure is on Ramirez to reward his coaches' faith.

USC
TB Joe McKnight
: McKnight sat out practice with injuries (skip). McKnight sat out practice with injuries (skip). McKnight sat out practice with injuries (skip). Hey, he's a great talent, but my biggest memory of him last year wasn't a play -- it was of him sitting in a golf cart watching practice. Did they bring the golf cart back this spring?

WASHINGTON
S Jason Wells
: Remember this guy, Husky fans? I didn't until Seattle Times beat writer Bob Condotta reminded me. He's a two-year starter who suffered a knee injury in 2007 that killed his 2008 season and then missed spring with an Achilles injury. The Huskies have a lot of issues in their secondary and Wells could help. If he's healthy, that is.

WASHINGTON STATE
DT Bernard Wolfgramm
: The JC transfer redshirted last year yet was listed as a starter on the pre-spring depth chart. But he's had persistent back issues, which limited him this spring, so it's hard to say what he could give the Cougars in 2009. And they really need some help on the defensive line, so Wolfgramm's health is a critical issue.

Pac-10 lunch links: Plot thickens in USC QB competition

April, 13, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Go on failing. Go on. Only next time, try to fail better.

Happy 103rd birthday to eternal optimist Samuel Beckett!

More Stanford spring notes: Will Gerhart return?

April, 6, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Cleaning out my notes from my visit to Stanford's spring practices:

  • Coach Jim Harbaugh said he hasn't spent much time thinking about whether record-setting running back Toby Gerhart will return to the football team in the fall. Gerhart could be a high pick in the upcoming Major League Baseball draft. "Toby is our best football player, but nobody is irreplaceable, coaches or players, on a football team," Harbaugh said. "If Toby gets a lot of money and he wants to go play baseball, then God bless him, we'll support him. But he loves football, too. He's got a chance to be a pro running back." Gerhart started the season slowly and is now hitting .288 with two homers and 13 RBI.
  • Offensive tackle Allen Smith, a sixth-year senior, hasn't played since he tore his patella tendon the third game of the 2007 season, but he's been seeing action this spring and has looked good. Smith started 23 consecutive games since his redshirt freshman season before the injury and, if healthy, he's one of the Pac-10's best linemen and an NFL prospect. While Smith hasn't been doing all the drills, he has participated in live scrimmages. "We want to get him to fall camp," Harbaugh said.
  • Fair to say sophomore Delano Howell's from switch from running back to strong safety is going well. He's already moved up to the first team on defense, and Harbaugh becomes very animated describing Howell's style. "He's not the best form tackler on the team, but sometimes BUFF!" said Harbaugh, wildly swinging his arm and supplying sound effects. "It's just a forearm to the back of their pads and they go down. He gets 'em down. Gosh, we love him as a football player."
  • Harbaugh said Owen Marecic will be a "pure two-way player" this season, doubling at fullback and linebacker. Part of the reason for the doubling up is a fullback is only on the field for about 39 percent of the Cardinal's offensive snaps. Harbaugh went as far to say that Marecic could end up starting at middle linebacker, which means he'd displace Clinton Snyder, a fifth-year senior who has started 34 of 36 games over the past three seasons, in the lineup. "[Marecic is] one of the best players on our team," Harbaugh said. "In the first seven practices, we haven't seen a linebacker come down hill like Owen comes down hill and fill gaps and play that physically."

Pac-10 Internal Affairs

August, 27, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Five looks inside this week's games.

USC: Trojans QB Mark Sanchez has been cleared to play at Virginia, but it's not unreasonable to wonder about how his formerly dislocated knee will hold up amid the rigors of game conditions. That's why news that Aaron Corp had eclipsed Mitch Mustain for the backup job is so important. Sanchez may play every meaningful snap this season -- or he might be knocked out the first time his knee takes a hit. It seemed like the USC coaches wanted Mustain, who saw significant action at Arkansas before transferring, to win the job, but he mixed too many mistakes into his repetitions while Corp seemed to get more and more confident.

Washington: The first quarter should be very telling at Autzen Stadium. The Huskies will start four freshmen, including true freshmen at TB and DT, and only six seniors. Many others will be seeing their first significant college action inside the most hostile venue in the Pac-10 -- and the nation, for that matter. Will the youngsters hold up, or will they make critical mistakes that irrevocably turn the momentum early? Of course, last year's game was tied at 24 after three quarters before the Ducks exploded in the fourth to finish off a 55-34 win, so how the Huskies young defensive front holds up late against a rugged, seasoned Ducks O-line will be just as critical.

Oregon: While the Oregon defense is being celebrated for its secondary, the Ducks scheme priority is stopping the run (which is why the Ducks gave up a misleading amount of passing yards last season -- see opponent's completion percentage (53) and INTs (20) for a better measure of the secondary). But the up-the-middle defense is suspect, with two new DTs and a MLB, John Bacon, coming off knee surgery. The Huskies OL is strong inside, so a good way to quiet the Autzen Stadium crowd -- and play keep-away from the Ducks potent spread offense -- might be to run right at the Ducks.

Oregon State: The Oregon State defensive front seven features entirely new starters, and the Beavers are notorious for their uneven early-season performances, but Stanford might offer a perfect test. For one, the Cardinal offense was the worst in the Pac-10 a year ago and was missing two starters before preseason camp began: TE Jim Dray and OT Allen Smith. Second, the injury bug hit late in camp, with starting guard Gustav Rystedt knocked out with a concussion and a pair of WRs, Chris Owusu and Marcus Rance, sidelined with knee injuries. Moreover, RB Toby Gerhart and WR Richard Sherman, the offense's two biggest playmakers, are banged up, though they should play. Since Stanford wasn't the deepest of teams in the first place, this patched-up offense figures to offer a less-than-imposing test for the rebuilt Beavers to find their game rhythm.

UCLA: It's almost impossible to imagine UCLA scoring many points against Tennessee on Monday night. So, the real issue is can the Bruins defense and special teams keep the game close? It bodes well that Tennessee is breaking in a new QB, junior Jonathan Crompton. The good news mostly ends there, though. First, problem: The Vols welcome back four OL starters -- a combined 62 starts -- from a crew that surrendered only four sacks last year (an NCAA record), and TB Arian Foster eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing and averaged 4.9 yards per carry. The WRs also are experienced. As for special teams, the Vols appeared severely hurt when All-SEC punter Britton Colquitt was suspended for five games, but his replacement, Chad Cunningham, has been a revelation in preseason camp. So big-footed Aaron Perez probably won't give the Bruins as much advantage as originally thought.

Pac-10 weekend: Beavers and Cardinal get started

August, 2, 2008
8/02/08
1:49
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

I wish my friend in the diamond business were a Gecko.

  • Oregon State is out of the blocks, and there are issues on the offensive line, particularly with guard Jeremy Perry's health. With Perry, the Beavers offensive line is above average. Without him? Things get dicey. And what about the rebuilding defense -- or is it merely reloading?
  • It's all about the QBs at Stanford, the Beavers opening day opponent, who also have begun camp. Coach Jim Harbaugh has said he wants to pick a No. 1 guy before camp is 10 days old. Other big news for the Cardinal: Tackle Allen Smith has been cleared for rehab work that should get him ready to play at some point this season.
  • John Moredich has Five Questions for Arizona. Best of all: He has answers, too. What's coach Mike Stoops got to say? "We are going to move the football. I promise you that."
  • Some Duck notes from Rob Moseley, including a list of the formal QB pecking order and an injury report. Another report says the Ducks have added a "big-time" linebacker.
  • Hey, Jeff Tedford... can I borrow $5. Or $5,000. Here's a report on California's highest plaid state employee. Note: USC is a private school.
  • Arizona State receiver Chris McGaha is not only clutch... he's a a family man.
  • And here's a Sun Devils preview to consider.
  • The WSU Football Blog looks at the big guys on the offensive side of the ball.
  • UCLA TB Kahlil Bell back is healthy again... and hungry.
  • The LA Times looks at the guy with a tautological name who's hiding backstage in the Reggie Bush case: Michael Michaels.
  • Who are the USC newcomers to watch? Bet at least a couple of guys on this list make names for themselves this season.
  • Washington's seemingly endless hunt for a new athletic director doesn't appear to be ending any time soon.

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